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Tenn. Senator Lamar Alexander preaches consensus in farewell to colleagues

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee political legend who forged a productive path as a Senate institutionalist after tours as governor and Cabinet secretary, has said goodbye to the chamber. 

Alexander advised his colleagues to seek broadly backed, durable solutions to the nation’s problems rather than succumb to easy partisanship.

The three-term Republican had his most noteworthy success on education and health policy over the 18-year tenure, becoming a beloved bipartisan figure in an increasingly polarized, dysfunctional Senate.

In his farewell address to the Senate on Wednesday, Alexander said: “It’s hard to get here, it’s hard to stay here, and while we’re here we might as well try to accomplish something good for the country."

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